Days Sales Outstanding, or DSO for short, is one of the most useful barometers for understanding a business’s financial health. If you’re new to DSO, read on to understand how it works and what it means for your business. And if you’re already a pro at calculating DSO (you are, right?), consider this a helpful refresher.
Have you ever sat down at a restaurant and had the waiter deliver exactly what you wanted without you even asking for it? The odds of this magical event happening are approximately the same odds as you getting paid without sending out an invoice. So what are you waiting for? The single biggest lever you have in getting paid quickly is invoicing quickly.
Remember that time when you spotted a great little out-of-the-way restaurant and were really excited until you saw the "cash only" sign in the window and realized your wallet was a little low? Anything that causes friction or causes a customer to push off payment processing to another day is to be avoided diligently. What can you do to avoid this behavior?
Have you ever looked at your aging report with high hopes that your over-60-days and over-90-days columns would just zero out this once? In this article, we’ll talk about the most common reasons these balances persist.
The payment terms you’re using are probably “Due on receipt” or “Due in 30 days.” If those aren’t your terms, congratulations! You’re in the minority. However, most people adopted these terms long ago and never looked back. They are by far the most popular. Yet when it comes right down to it, neither one is very effective.
Tweaking your invoice to perfection is well worth your time. Once you’ve found a winning formula, you can use it over and over again. Just keep in mind that positive results from even small improvements will be multiplied by the hundreds, if not thousands, of invoices you’ll send in the future.
The fact is, humans and animals are a lot alike. We’re creatures of habit. We do things the same way time and time again—until we learn otherwise. We’ve all been trained in various ways, and for you to get the most out of your invoicing and shorten your cash conversion cycle, you’re going to have to train your customers.
Not all invoices are created equal. Not even close. What seems like (and really should be) a straightforward, hardworking document is often a breeding ground for unnecessary confusion, ambiguous directions, or—even worse—self-expression.
In 1736 Benjamin Franklin organized Philadelphia’s first fire department, and from that effort arose one of his more famous quotes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here at InvoiceCare we see the results of that adage every day.
We talk a lot about being proactive when it comes to invoicing, but now let's talk about a specific practice that can make an enormous difference in getting paid faster, lowering Average Days to Pay (ADP) by 10 days for a typical business.